imperative

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From Latin imperātīvus.

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imperative (comparative more imperative, superlative most imperative)

  1. essential
    It is imperative that you come here right now.
  2. (grammar) of, or relating to the imperative mood
  3. (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
  4. Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.
    imperative orders
    • Bishop Hall
      The suits of kings are imperative.

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Noun[edit]

imperative (countable and uncountable, plural imperatives)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.
    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.
  2. (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
  3. (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.
    • 2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R19:
      Anything grandiose or historically based tends to sound flat and banal when it reaches English, partly because translators get stuck between contradictory imperatives: juggling fidelity to the original sense with what is vocally viable, they tend to resort to a genteel fustian which lacks either poetic resonance or demotic realism, adding to a sense of artificiality rather than enhancing credibility.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

imperative f pl

  1. feminine plural of imperativo

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From imperātīvus (commanded), from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend).

Adverb[edit]

imperātīvē (not comparable)

  1. In an imperative manner, imperatively.

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References[edit]

  • imperative” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.